MAN KILLERS—Get ready for the Grindhouse Film Festival's double dose of awesome! The hilarious Alligator stars Robert Forster as a badass cop hunting down a giant gator lurking in the streets, sewers, and wedding receptions of Chicago (plus, it's written by arthouse fave John Sayles!), while Chained Heat stars Linda Blair in a women's prison that's filled with two things: violence and lesbians! EH
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Alligator at 7 pm, Chained Heat at 9 pm, $8 for both movies

RENAISSANCE MAN—When he's not writing songs that inspire breathless reviews from music critics (see Feature), Willy Vlautin's writing novels that inspire breathless reviews from book critics. Vlautin's newest doesn't come out until spring, but tonight he'll read from his excellent sophomore release Northline, about a young woman rebuilding her life after a relationship ends in violence. AH
w/Hannah Tinti; Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE


COMIX 'N' SOCIALISM—Get over to Floating World tonight for the debut of Floating World's display of underground Chinese comix—a perfect way to kick off a Chinese art-filled weekend, coinciding with Saturday's opening of the Portland Art Museum's fall exhibit China Design Now. SM
Chinese comix at Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th, #101, 6 pm, FREE;
China Design Now at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, opens Sat Oct 10, $15

HAPPY BEERTHDAY—For the last year, has been striving to get new and exciting beers into your hands through insightful news and reviews. Tonight they celebrate their one-year anniversary with cake, a video installation, and special pours from Lagunitas. PAC
Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth, 6 pm, FREE


FASHION—Portland Fashion Week is already in full swing, and for bicyclists who insist on riding in style, the Ready to Roll Fashion Show is the event for you! Benefiting Oregon Manifest, you'll see the latest and greatest runway styles from a ton of design companies including Nau, Cyclelogical, Queen Bee, and more! WSH
Vigor Industrial Shipyards, 5555 N Channel, 3-5 pm, $20

FIVE YEARS—Happy fifth birthday, Doug Fir! You don't look a day over four. It's tough to imagine this city without ye olde Doug Fir, and all week the venerable rock club hosts a series of shows to celebrate, including tonight's show with the sumptuously epic sounds of Japan's Mono and the autobahn dance-rock of Athens, Georgia's Maserati. It's going to be a party down in here! NL
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $12-14 (or $25 week-long pass)


SPITFIRES—A vanload of ladies have been peddling their bookish-minded wares with the queertastic program Sister Spit. Featuring readings and performances by Michelle Tea, Beth Lisick, Ariel Schrag, and many more, this evening promises "rowdy, raucous literary adventures"—in other words, the cherry on top of your Wordstock weekend. CF
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $10-12

RIDE THE METRO—With band members that are literally costumed in light, Metronomy's live show doesn't skimp on the visual presentation. Despite Sunday being the lord's day and all, we're certain Holocene will be packed and sweating to the electro-dance heartbreak of frontman Joseph Mount, which sounds like your favorite '80s memory tangled up with bizarre alien sounds from the future. NL
w/Fool's Gold, DJ Lifepartner; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $10-12


AFTER WORDS—Today marks the 11th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death and the international debut of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. This epilogue to the play about the infamous Wyoming hate crime will premiere at nearly 100 theaters in the US and around the globe, and the New Century Players tackle it in Portland. AR
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $23-57.75

CLOSE UP—If you ever wanted to cuddle up with post-punk/prog-rock stalwarts ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, you're in luck! The sextet is playing at Dante's tonight, which means that everyone can get close enough to the stage for a communal face melting. DB
w/Future of the Left; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $15-18


THREE WAY—There is not an ounce of fat on this bill, with the ever-winding hymns of instrumentalists Au—perhaps the most reliably stunning band in town right now—joined by the exhilarating motorik race of Nice Nice and the who-needs-a-map sonic explorations of Brainstorm. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $8

LEGENDS—All-female post-punk band the Raincoats are about as legendary as it gets—the British group influenced a generation that included Kurt Cobain and the riot grrrl movement. Tonight's once-in-our-lifetime show is in one of Portland's smaller rooms, with a couple of local favorites—openers Explode into Colors and Panther, who must be losing their shit right about now. AH
w/DJ Magic Beans; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $15-18


AMATEURS & PURITANS—Here's a tough decision: Haul ass out to Beaverton to see the indefatigably entertaining Sarah Vowell read from her latest work of pop history, The Wordy Shipmates, or stay in town and visit the real Powell's to see the Pulitzer-winning Michael Chabon read from his new collection of memoir-y essays, Manhood for Amateurs. However you choose, this is a win-win. EH
Sarah Vowell at Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, 7 pm, FREE
Michael Chabon at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30, FREE

BLEEP FWOOP!—Blurp dwurdle dwoop! Bweeeerp beep doop dwooooo! Bleep boop, Star Wars in Concert dweep blorp Rose Garden, tweet fweep full symphony, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO!), doop bloop costumes bloop props! Bweep blorp blorp blurp! Dweeeeeeep! R2-D2
Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 7:30 pm, $35-69, all ages